Bathroom Paint Colors for 2012

Just as your bedroom should be a calming space in which to relax, so should your bathroom. In 2012, we continue to see paint colors pulled from nature. These greys, greens, blues, pastels and neutrals soothe the senses, turning your bathroom into the perfect place for a long bubble bath or at-home spa session.

Rainforest Bathroom Retreat by Benjamin Moore
This inspired-by-nature color palette places the dark green of Cabbage Patch on the walls, which give way to the lighter and more tropical yellow of Rainforest Dew on the ceiling.

In this neutral color palette, Benjamin Moore pairs the soft cream of Peau de Soie on the walls with a the darker grey of Fusion on the ceiling. The darker color creates visual interest, while still allowing darker bathroom furniture and fixtures to pop against the walls.

Both of these palettes from Benjamin Moore would suit contemporary bathrooms as well as traditional bathrooms with clean and simple lines. As noted, darker pieces would complement these colors best.

Mystic Echo by Behr
Victorian Iris, a powerful pastel pulled from the most beautiful of flowers, creates a luxurious setting in which to unwind. When combined with natural stone and cool-colored furniture and fixtures, the result proves sophisticated and soothing.

Secluded Spa by Behr
Orange Confection creates a light, airy feeling in this bathroom palette made spa-like thanks to the complementary white of Swiss Coffee on wainscoting and the ceiling. These colors would suit a variety of décors, from beach cottage to a more traditional desert-inspired style.

Blues by Sherwin-Williams
With this palette inspired by the blues and grays of rivers, lakes and seas, you can bring the water's calming presence into your bathroom. Undercool and Dynamic Blue reflect the ocean's many bright hues, while Lupine and Lobelia call to mind the duller but no less beautiful colors found in rivers. The grey Upward would complement either on the ceiling.

Neutrals by Sherwin-Williams
These colors perfect for the bathroom pull from raw materials found in nature, such as grain, pebbles and clay. Bosc Pear and Spalding Grey would make excellent wall colors, with Creamy and Collonade Grey on the ceiling, respectively. Furniture and fixtures should continue the nature theme, with textiles doing the same.

Both of these color palettes would suit a wide range of décor styles, and Sherwin-Williams has additional colors inspired by nature within its 2012 collection.

Getting Started
If you have decided to repaint your bathroom, whether a guest half-bath or the master en suite, your first step will be to collect paint cards of the colors you like from your local paint and home improvement stores. Once you have narrowed your options into a much smaller stack, consult the professionals at ProTect Painters for help making the final decision.

Not only can a professional painter prep your bathroom and apply as many coats as necessary for best results, he can help you with both color selection and gloss factor by applying samples to the walls for you to live with for a while. While you can certainly tape color cards to your walls, you won't really see how light plays on the paint until it actually gets applied.

Your professional painter also can steer you away from colors that may be too vibrant for such a space. A bright red may make a bold statement in a dining room, where energy should be high and conversation should flow, but at the end of the day you might appreciate a retreat that helps you unwind and relax. Professional painters have insight when it comes to the psychology of color. Take advantage of their expertise.

This post is a part of our series on Interior Painting Tips.

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